Note: "Prometheus" from Lempriere's _Classical Dictionary_

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The Last Man, Edited by Steven E. Jones

from Lempriere's Classical Dictionary: "Prometheus"


[Prometheus] ridiculed the gods, and deceived Jupiter himself. . . . To punish Prometheus and the rest of mankind, Jupiter took fire away from the earth, but [Prometheus] outwitted the father of the gods. He climbed the heavens by the assistance of Minerva, and stole fire from the chariot of the sun, which he brought down upon the earth . . . . This provoked Jupiter the more, he ordered Vulcan to make a woman of clay, and after he had given her life, he sent her to Prometheus, with a box of the richest and most valuable presents, which she had received from the gods. [Vid. Pandora.] . . . [Jupiter] ordered Mercury or Vulcan, according to Aeschylus, to carry this artful mortal to mount Caucasas, and there to tie him to a rock, where for 30,000 years, a vulture was to feed upon his liver, which was never diminished, though continually devoured. . . . Prometheus made the first man and woman that ever were upon the earth, with clay, which he animated by means of the fire which he had stolen from heaven. . . . To [Prometheus] mankind are indebted for the invention of many of the useful arts.

Published @ RC

October 1997